Having built a career on collaborating with the best up and coming artists it was only fitting that Ronson bring along some big supports and cameos to help him deliver his Splendour sideshows to an enthusiastic Australian audience.
Photographer: Geoffrey D’Unienville
Day 0 – Splendour in the Mud
Preparedness for the onslaught of Mud ☐
That last one was a miserable oversight on my behalf, after what seemed like the cruisiest drive from Melb to the Splendour site, we were all greeted with a battleground of punters who were already covered in a layer of muddy sludge. After begrudgingly setting up camp in the rain it was into the site we went.
Our tents may have been wet, but our spirits were not dampened,
Mark Ronson, Mr Uptown Funk, is on his way to Australia to headline the sold out Splendour In The Grass Festival and ‘Uptown Special’ sideshow tour dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. And as the man himself revealed to triple j’s Veronica and Lewis on Friday, these shows are shaping up to be straight masterpiece!
Currently in rehearsal, this live show has been created especially for these Australian tour dates. Ronson’s Uptown Special Tour will see him hit the stage with a full live band including drums, keyboard, a brass section, backup singers and a crazy list of guest vocalists including Kevin Parker (Tame Impala), Daniel Merriweather, Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow), Theophilus London and Keyone Starr.
Renowned for having an ear to the ground wherever he ventures, Ronson has personally curated a killer lineup of Australian acts to warm up the stage at all venues.
Secret Sounds is thrilled to announce that Pond, Tkay Maidza*, Yolanda Be Cool and Jones Jnr* will be joining Mark Ronson in Australia!
*Tkay Maidza and Jones Jnr will not be performing in Perth.
Wed 22nd Jul Perth Metro City
Fri 24th Jul Byron Bay Splendour in the Grass SOLD OUT
Tue 28th Jul Sydney Hordern Pavilion
Wed 29th Jul Melbourne Margaret Court Arena
Visit https://secret-sounds.com.au for all tour updates and ticketing.
|“New Orleans… 1951… a bar full of genius players – double dealing, sweet talking players with more on their mind than numbers – converge where the hustlers lay on the sugar thicker than the cheap wine that flows in the back rooms of the gambling halls. Eyes shift to the white girl who is obviously lost, or from out of town. And as soon as the timpani plays and she grabs the microphone, her voice moves from pariah to Princess of the Pleasure Dome. A coincidence? No, not really…”|
‘Back It Up’ is the sound of swapped glances across a crowded dancefloor. It’s the sound of a party that begins late and carries on until the sun rises. It’s a song about dancing, flirting and a declaration of independence. With her debut single, Caro Emerald announces herself with the sort of sassy, whipsmart pop that will have the likes of Lily Allen and Mark Ronson pricking up their ears. Her smouldering vocals update the classic Americano sound with a contemporary sheen and suggestive lyrics over a melting pot of sounds and influences – yet the sound is entirely, inimitably that of an exciting new artist.
TAME IMPALA, GYPSY & THE CAT and FLIGHT FACILITIES ADDED TO THE BILL
Future Entertainment has announced that the already epic line-up of stellar artists, DJs and bands just got even bigger …
Already boasting a blinding neon bill comprising the lofty likes of the Chemical Brothers, Dizzee Rascal, MGMT, Mark Ronson, Pendulum, The Presets, Steve Aoki, Richie Hawtin and Steve Angello, a prodigious trio of heavy-hitting homegrown stars – Tame Impala, Flight Facilities and Gypsy & The Cat – are now joining the party!
In news that’s certain to have the nation’s groove-minded connoisseurs in raptures, Future Entertainment is pleased to announce that ultra-hip musical luminary Mark Ronson and his new band The Business International will be playing two ‘one night only’ affairs in Melbourne and Sydney in March 2011.
With Mark and the band already confirmed to top the bill at this year’s massive Future Music Festival 2011, these one-off headline shows will give fans an opportunity to catch them doing their thing up close and personal. In further exciting news, New Zealand’s freshest sensation Zowie will be supporting Mark Ronson & the Business international on both shows.
Review: Ben Connolly
| Edwyn Collins
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|I came late to the pop personality known as Edwyn Collins even though his name, and that of his 80s post-punk/neo-pop group Orange Juice, had cropped up from time to time as obscure references by the bands I’d loved. For one whose ears were planted firmly in the romanticism of Australian pop rock, Collins and his cohorts were just a little too far up the obscure pathway to make that leap of faith. The Scottish group and Collins’ solo work were very much of their time, hardly making dent outside of the British pop charts. That said, iconic tunes such as Rip It Up by Orange Juice and A Girl Like You (from his 1994 solo album Georgeous George) have a familiarity which indicates they permeated the scene along with their more well-known brethren of|
the day (A Girl Like You rose to number six on the Australian singles chart in the summer of 1994/95). Collins’ name has cropped up more and more in liner notes of late as the man twiddling the nobs for groups as curiously diverse as The Proclaimers to The Cribs and The Arctic Monkeys to Mark Ronson (and our own Robert Forster from The Go Betweens).
Tooheys Extra Dry unveils international collaboration: The Lab www.tedthelab.com
|Tooheys Extra Dry has unveiled its latest ground breaking project The Lab, an initiative which will see one rising Australian music act fly to New York to collaborate with world famous musician and producer Mark Ronson in his studio with Santigold, Nick Hodgson of Kaiser Chiefs, Sean Lennon, John Taylor of Duran Duran and members of The Dap-Kings.|
The final track, written and produced in Tooheys Extra Dry: The Lab will feature as the soundtrack for the next national advertising campaign, and the winner’s journey will be filmed from start to finish, resulting in a fly-on-wall documentary for release in March next year.